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"Social skills are necessary for school success. They affect how you do on the playground, in the classroom, in the workplace" --Dr. Barbara Howard an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and an expert on behavior and development." The New York Times


ages 13-17.  $195.00 per child.

1-day workshop featuring 3 hours of instruction

There is a maximum of 8 children per group.



During this three-hour workshop, young adults learn the essential life skills, namely social and emotional intelligence, needed to succeed in school, college and beyond.  These skills have often been called “the missing piece” in American education, and are key factors to academic, professional, and personal success (CASEL.org). During this program, students will participate in interactive, engaging lessons and activities, including formulating their own BRAND. They will learn how to make a good first impression; initiate, maintain, and close conversations; formal dining skills; the value of gratitude in everyday life; Internet and social media savvy; mobile device do’s and don’ts; and self-awareness. 

Topics include:


the brand called YOU

  • Making a good first impression
  • Verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Body language, posture, eye contact, facial expressions
  • Introductions
  • Small talk and pleasantries  
  • Conversations (initiating, maintaining, and closing)
  • Active listening skills
  • Self-awareness and empathy
  • Grooming and attire

the internet /smartphones

  • Exercising safe and private social media use
  • What to post vs. what not to post on the Internet
  • Writing a proper email
  • The pitfalls of excessive time spent online
  • The do's and don'ts of texting
  • When to put down the smartphone
  • Managing privacy settings

the meal/ the party

  • Table settings
  • Utensil management- American versus European style of eating
  • Dining out at restaurants or others' homes
  • Interaction at dinners and parties
  • Making a toast
  • Mealtime do’s and don’ts
  • Departure from a party or dinner event

*we are a nut-free environment and can accommodate dietary needs (please indicate on registration form)

June, 20, 2020
10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
UPPER WEST SIDE 250 West 85th Street